New International Reader’s Version

Luke 1:1-80

Luke Writes an Orderly Report

1Many people have attempted to write about the things that have taken place among us. 2Reports of these things were handed down to us. There were people who saw these things for themselves from the beginning. They saw them and then passed the word on. 3With this in mind, I myself have carefully looked into everything from the beginning. So I also decided to write down an orderly report of exactly what happened. I am doing this for you, most excellent Theophilus. 4I want you to know that the things you have been taught are true.

The Coming Birth of John the Baptist

5Herod was king of Judea. During the time he was ruling, there was a priest named Zechariah. He belonged to a group of priests named after Abijah. His wife Elizabeth also came from the family line of Aaron. 6Both of them did what was right in the sight of God. They obeyed all the Lord’s commands and rules faithfully. 7But they had no children, because Elizabeth was not able to have any. And they were both very old.

8One day Zechariah’s group was on duty. He was serving as a priest in God’s temple. 9He happened to be chosen, in the usual way, to go into the temple of the Lord. There he was supposed to burn incense. 10The time came for this to be done. All who had gathered to worship were praying outside.

11Then an angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah. The angel was standing at the right side of the incense altar. 12When Zechariah saw him, he was amazed and terrified. 13But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah. Your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will have a child. It will be a boy, and you must call him John. 14He will be a joy and delight to you. His birth will make many people very glad. 15He will be important in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or other such drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17And he will prepare the way for the Lord. He will have the same spirit and power that Elijah had. He will bring peace between parents and their children. He will teach people who don’t obey to be wise and do what is right. In this way, he will prepare a people who are ready for the Lord.”

18Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man, and my wife is old too.”

19The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I serve God. I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20And now you will have to be silent. You will not be able to speak until after John is born. That’s because you did not believe my words. They will come true at the time God has chosen.”

21During that time, the people were waiting for Zechariah to come out of the temple. They wondered why he stayed there so long. 22When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple. They knew this because he kept gesturing to them. He still could not speak.

23When his time of service was over, he returned home. 24After that, his wife Elizabeth became pregnant. She stayed at home for five months. 25“The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days, he has been kind to me. He has taken away my shame among the people.”

The Coming Birth of Jesus

26In the sixth month after Elizabeth had become pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee. 27He was sent to a virgin. The girl was engaged to a man named Joseph. He came from the family line of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel greeted her and said, “The Lord has blessed you in a special way. He is with you.”

29Mary was very upset because of his words. She wondered what kind of greeting this could be. 30But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary. God is very pleased with you. 31You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must call him Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king like his father David of long ago. 33The Son of the Most High God will rule forever over his people. They are from the family line of Jacob. That kingdom will never end.”

34“How can this happen?” Mary asked the angel. “I am a virgin.”

35The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come to you. The power of the Most High God will cover you. So the holy one that is born will be called the Son of God. 36Your relative Elizabeth will have a child even though she is old. People thought she could not have children. But she has been pregnant for six months now. 37That’s because what God says will always come true.”

38“I serve the Lord,” Mary answered. “May it happen to me just as you said it would.” Then the angel left her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in Judea’s hill country. 40There she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby inside her jumped. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she called out, “God has blessed you more than other women. And blessed is the child you will have! 43But why is God so kind to me? Why has the mother of my Lord come to me? 44As soon as I heard the sound of your voice, the baby inside me jumped for joy. 45You are a woman God has blessed. You have believed that the Lord would keep his promises to you!”

Mary’s Song

46Mary said,

“My soul gives glory to the Lord.

47My spirit delights in God my Savior.

48He has taken note of me

even though I am not considered important.

From now on all people will call me blessed.

49The Mighty One has done great things for me.

His name is holy.

50He shows his mercy to those who have respect for him,

from parent to child down through the years.

51He has done mighty things with his powerful arm.

He has scattered those who are proud in their deepest thoughts.

52He has brought down rulers from their thrones.

But he has lifted up people who are not considered important.

53He has filled with good things those who are hungry.

But he has sent away empty those who are rich.

54He has helped the people of Israel, who serve him.

He has always remembered to be kind

55to Abraham and his children down through the years.

He has done it just as he promised to our people of long ago.”

56Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months. Then she returned home.

John the Baptist Is Born

57The time came for Elizabeth to have her baby. She gave birth to a son. 58Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had been very kind to her. They shared her joy.

59On the eighth day, they came to have the child circumcised. They were going to name him Zechariah, like his father. 60But his mother spoke up. “No!” she said. “He must be called John.”

61They said to her, “No one among your relatives has that name.”

62Then they motioned to his father. They wanted to find out what he would like to name the child. 63He asked for something to write on. Then he wrote, “His name is John.” Everyone was amazed. 64Right away Zechariah could speak again. Right away he praised God. 65All his neighbors were filled with fear and wonder. Throughout Judea’s hill country, people were talking about all these things. 66Everyone who heard this wondered about it. And because the Lord was with John, they asked, “What is this child going to be?”

Zechariah’s Song

67John’s father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit. He prophesied,

68“Give praise to the Lord, the God of Israel!

He has come to his people and purchased their freedom.

69He has acted with great power and has saved us.

He did it for those who are from the family line of his servant David.

70Long ago holy prophets said he would do it.

71He has saved us from our enemies.

We are rescued from all who hate us.

72He has been kind to our people of long ago.

He has remembered his holy covenant.

73He made a promise to our father Abraham.

74He promised to save us from our enemies.

Then we could serve him without fear.

75He wants us to be holy and godly as long as we live.

76“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High God.

You will go ahead of the Lord to prepare the way for him.

77You will tell his people how they can be saved.

You will tell them that their sins can be forgiven.

78All of that will happen because our God is tender and caring.

His kindness will bring the rising sun to us from heaven.

79It will shine on those living in darkness

and in the shadow of death.

It will guide our feet on the path of peace.”

80The child grew up, and his spirit became strong. He lived in the desert until he appeared openly to Israel.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Luka 1:1-80

Hann A Ɛwɔ Esum Mu

1Adamfo pa Teofilo, nnipa pii abɔ mmɔden atwerɛ Yesu ho nsɛm a akɔ so wɔ yɛn mu no. 2Wɔtwerɛɛ sɛdeɛ nnipa a wɔhunuu saa nneɛma yi firi ahyɛaseɛ no daa no adi kyerɛɛ wɔn. 3Nanso, menyaa adwene bi sɛ, sɛ mehwehwɛ deɛ wɔatwerɛ no nyinaa mu yie na metwerɛ brɛ wo a, ɛyɛ. 4Yei bɛboa wo ma woahunu nokorɛ a ɛwɔ deɛ woasua no nyinaa mu.

Yohane Awoɔ Ho Nkɔmhyɛ

5Mede mʼasɛm no bɛfiri Yudafoɔ ɔsɔfoɔ Sakaria a ɔtenaa ase Yudeahene Herode berɛ so a na ɔfiri Abia asɔfokuo mu no so. Sakaria yere Elisabet nso, na ɔyɛ Aaron aseni. 6Na Sakaria ne ne yere Elisabet som Onyankopɔn nokorɛm a wɔn ho nni asɛm wɔ Onyankopɔn anim. 7Na wɔnni ba, ɛfiri sɛ, na Elisabet yɛ obonini. Na wɔn baanu nyinaa nso anyinyini.

8Ɛda bi a ɛduruu Sakaria asɔfokuo so sɛ wɔyɛ asɔredan mu adwuma no, 9wɔtoo aba yii no sɛ, ɔnkɔhye aduhwam wɔ ɔhyeɛ afɔrebukyia no so. 10Saa ɛberɛ yi ara nso na asafo no rebɔ mpaeɛ wɔ adihɔ hɔ sɛdeɛ wɔtaa yɛ no.

11Sakaria gu so rehye aduhwam no, prɛko pɛ, Awurade ɔbɔfoɔ bɛgyinaa afɔrebukyia no nkyɛn mu wɔ nifa so. 12Sakaria hunuu no no, ɔbɔɔ birim na ne ho popoeɛ. 13Nanso, ɔsoro ɔbɔfoɔ no ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Sakaria, nsuro, Awurade Onyankopɔn ate wo mpaeɛbɔ. Wo yere Elisabet bɛwo babarima na ɛsɛ sɛ woto ne din Yohane. 14Nʼawoɔ bɛma wʼani agye na wo ho asɛpɛ wo. Saa ara na ɛbɛma nnipa bebree nso ani agye. 15Ɔbɛyɛ kɛse Awurade anim. Ɔrennom nsã biara da, na Honhom Kronkron bɛyɛ no ma afiri ne maame yam. 16Israelfoɔ pii nam nʼasɛnka so bɛnya adwensakyera asane aba Awurade, wɔn Onyankopɔn, nkyɛn. 17Ɔbɛnya Odiyifoɔ Elia honhom ahoɔden no bi, na ɔbɛdi Agyenkwa no ba no anim abɛsiesie nnipa ama ne ba a ɔbɛba no. Nʼasɛnka bɛma nteaseɛ aba agyanom ne wɔn mma ntam. Na ɔbɛdane Awurade asɛm no ho asoɔdenfoɔ adwene akɔ Awurade pɛ ho.”

18Sakaria buaa ɔbɔfoɔ no sɛ, “Ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na yei aba mu? Mabɔ akɔkoraa na me yere nso abɔ aberewa.”

19Ɔbɔfoɔ no kaa sɛ, “Mene Gabriel a megyina Onyankopɔn anim daa no. Ɔno na ɔsomaa me sɛ memmɛka asɛmpa yi nkyerɛ wo. 20Esiane sɛ woagye akyinnyeɛ enti, wobɛtɔ mumu kɔsi sɛ wɔbɛwo abɔfra no. Na deɛ maka akyerɛ wo yi nyinaa bɛba mu pɛpɛɛpɛ wɔ ne berɛ a ɛsɛ mu.”

21Saa ɛberɛ yi nyinaa na asafo mma no retwɛn Sakaria sɛ ɔbɛba. Na ɛyɛ wɔn nwanwa sɛ wakyɛ saa. 22Ɛberɛ a ɔbaeɛ no, wantumi ankasa ankyerɛ asafo mma no. Wɔhunu firii ne nneyɛeɛ mu sɛ wahunu nʼani so adeɛ wɔ asɔredan mu hɔ.

23Ɔwiee nʼasɔfodwuma wɔ asɔredan mu hɔ no, ɔkɔɔ efie. 24Nna bi akyi no, ne yere Elisabet nyinsɛnee na ɔde ne ho siee abosome enum. 25Ɔde anigyeɛ kaa sɛ, “Awurade ayɛ me adɔeɛ. Wayi animguaseɛ a ɛkaa me wɔ nnipa anim no afiri me so.”

Yesu Awoɔ Ho Nkɔmhyɛ

26Elisabet nyinsɛnee abosome nsia no, Onyankopɔn somaa ɔbɔfoɔ Gabriel kɔɔ Galilea akuraa bi a wɔfrɛ no Nasaret no ase 27sɛ, ɔnkɔ ɔbaa kronkron bi a wɔfrɛ no Maria a na wɔde no ama Yosef a ɔfiri Ɔhene Dawid abusua mu no awadeɛ no nkyɛn. 28Gabriel hunuu no ara pɛ, ɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Asomdwoeɛ nka wo! Awurade ka wo ho, wo a Awurade adom wo.”

29Ɔbɔfoɔ no asɛm no maa Maria adwenem yɛɛ no nnaa ma ɔbisaa ne ho sɛ, “Na saa nkyea yi, ase ne sɛn?” 30Ɔbɔfoɔ no sane ka kyerɛɛ Maria bio sɛ, “Maria, nsuro, ɛfiri sɛ, Awurade adom wo. 31Tie! Ɛrenkyɛre biara wobɛnyinsɛn na woawo ɔbabarima na woato ne din Yesu. 32Ɔbɛyɛ ɔkɛseɛ, na wɔbɛfrɛ no Ɔsorosoro Onyankopɔn Ba. Na Awurade de ne nana Dawid ahennwa no bɛma no. 33Na ɔbɛdi Yakob efie so ɔhene daa; na nʼahennie to rentwa da.”

34Maria bisaa ɔbɔfoɔ no sɛ, “Na ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na mawo wɔ ɛberɛ a ɔbarima nhunuu me da?”

35Ɔbɔfoɔ no buaa sɛ, “Honhom Kronkron bɛba wo so na Ɔsorosoro Onyankopɔn tumi abɛkata wo so, yei enti abɔfra a wobɛwo no no bɛyɛ kronkron na wɔbɛfrɛ no Onyankopɔn Ba. 36Ɛbɛyɛ abosome nsia ni a wo busuani Elisabet mpo a ɔyɛ obonini anyinsɛn ɔbabarima wɔ ne mmerewaberɛ mu. 37Ɛfiri sɛ, Onyankopɔn deɛ, biribiara nso no yɛ.”

38Maria kaa sɛ, “Me deɛ, meyɛ Awurade afenaa. Deɛ Awurade pɛ na ɛnyɛ.” Ɛno akyi, ɔbɔfoɔ no gyaa no hɔ kɔeɛ.

Maria Kɔsra Elisabet

39Nna kakra bi akyi no, Maria kɔɔ Yudea mmepɔ so kuro bi mu. 40Saa kuro no mu na Sakaria te. Ɔduruu kuro no mu hɔ no, ɔkɔɔ Sakaria efie kɔsraa Elisabet. Ɔkyeaa no. 41Elisabet tee Maria nkyea no, ɔba a ɔda ne yam no kekaa ne ho; amonom hɔ ara, Honhom Kronkron hyɛɛ Elisabet ma. 42Elisabet de ahosɛpɛ teaam sɛ, “Maria, wɔahyira wo sene mmaa nyinaa, na wo ba a wobɛwo no no bɛyɛ onipa kɛseɛ. 43Animuonyam bɛn na ɛsene yei. Me sɛɛ ne hwan a anka mʼAwurade na bɛba abɛsra me? 44Wokyeaa me pɛ, na abɔfra no de anigyeɛ kekaa ne ho. 45Nhyira nka wo sɛ wogye dii sɛ, deɛ Onyankopɔn aka no, ɔbɛyɛ; ɛno enti na wɔadom wo yi.”

Maria Ayɛyie Dwom

46Maria kaa sɛ,

“Me ɔkra kamfo Awurade.

47Na me honhom ani gye mʼagyenkwa Onyankopɔn mu;

48ɛfiri sɛ, wahunu nʼafenawa mmɔborɔni mmɔbɔ,

na ɛfiri ɛnnɛ, awontoatoasoɔ nyinaa bɛfrɛ me deɛ Onyankopɔn ahyira no.

49Ɛfiri sɛ, Ɔkronkronni Otumfoɔ no ayɛ ade kɛseɛ ama me;

50nʼahummɔborɔ firi awoɔ ntoatoasoɔ kɔsi awoɔ ntoatoasoɔ

ma wɔn a wɔsuro no na wɔdi no ni no nyinaa.

51Ɔde ne nsa a tumi wɔ mu no

abɔ ahomasofoɔ ne ahantanfoɔ ne wɔn nsusuiɛ apete.

52Watu aberempɔn adeɛ so

ama ahobrɛasefoɔ so.

53Wama wɔn a ahia wɔn no nnepa

na wagya ahonyafoɔ kwan nsapan.

54Waboa nʼakoa Israel

na ne werɛ amfiri ne mmɔborɔhunu ne ne bɔ

55a ɔhyɛɛ yɛn agya Abraham ne nʼasefoɔ no da.”

56Maria tenaa Elisabet nkyɛn bɛyɛ abosome mmiɛnsa ansa na ɔresane akɔ ne kurom.

Yohane Osubɔni Awoɔ

57Elisabet awoɔ duruu so no, ɔwoo ɔbabarima. 58Nʼafipamfoɔ ne nʼabusuafoɔ tee adɔeɛ a Awurade ayɛ no no, wɔne no nyinaa de anigyeɛ dii ahurisie.

59Ɛduruu nnawɔtwe no, abusuafoɔ ne adɔfoɔ bɛhyiaa sɛ wɔrebɛtwa abɔfra no twetia na wɔato ne din. Wɔpɛɛ sɛ wɔde abɔfra no to nʼagya Sakaria. 60Nanso, ne maame kaa sɛ, “Dabi! Ɛsɛ sɛ wɔfrɛ no Yohane.”

61Wɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Obiara nni abusua yi mu a wɔfrɛ no saa.”

62Yei maa wɔde wɔn nsa yɛɛ nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ bisaa nʼagya din a wɔmfa nto abɔfra no. 63Sakaria maa wɔde krataa brɛɛ no na ɔtwerɛɛ so sɛ, “Ne din de Yohane.” Yei yɛɛ wɔn nyinaa nwanwa. 64Amonom hɔ ara, Sakaria tumi kasaa bio, na ɔhyɛɛ aseɛ yii Onyankopɔn ayɛ. 65Wɔn a wɔteeɛ nyinaa ho dwirii wɔn, na saa asɛm yi trɛ faa Yudea mmepɔ so hɔ nyinaa. 66Obiara a ɔtee saa nsɛm yi bisaa ne ho sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn na abɔfra yi bɛnyini ayɛ daakye? Ɛda adi pefee sɛ Awurade nsa wɔ ne so.”

Sakaria Nkɔmhyɛ

67Honhom hyɛɛ nʼagya Sakaria ma ma ɔhyɛɛ nkɔm sɛ,

68“Nhyira nka Awurade, Israel Onyankopɔn,

sɛ waba abɛgye ne manfoɔ.

69Ɔde Agyenkwa Otumfoɔ a ɔyɛ ne ɔsomfoɔ Dawid aseni rebrɛ yɛn,

70sɛdeɛ ɔnam nʼadiyifoɔ kronkron so firi teteete hyɛɛ bɔ

71sɛ, ɔbɛma yɛn Agyenkwa a ɔbɛgye yɛn afiri yɛn atamfoɔ

ne wɔn a wɔkyiri yɛn no nsam no.

72Na wama bɔ a ɔhyɛɛ yɛn agyanom wɔ nʼahummɔborɔ ho no

aba mu na wakae nʼapam kronkron no,

73na wakae nʼapam kronkron a ɔne Abraham pameeɛ no;

74sɛ ɔbɛgye yɛn afiri yɛn atamfoɔ nsam no,

na yɛasom no a osuro biara nni mu.

75Na yɛn nkwa nna nyinaa mu, yɛayɛ kronkron ne ateneneefoɔ wɔ nʼanim.

76“Na wo, akɔkoaa yi, wɔbɛfrɛ wo Ɔsorosoroni no Odiyifoɔ,

ɛfiri sɛ, wo na wobɛsiesie ɛkwan ama Agyenkwa no,

77na wobɛkyerɛ ne manfoɔ kwan a

wɔnam bɔnefakyɛ so nya nkwa a ɛnni awieeɛ;

78na yeinom nyinaa bɛba mu ɛfiri sɛ,

Onyankopɔn mmɔborɔhunu a ɛdɔɔso no,

79na ɛbɛma hann a ɛfiri ɔsoro abɛpue yɛn so

ahyerɛn wɔn a wɔte sum ne owuo sum mu no so,

na akyerɛ yɛn ɛkwan akɔ asomdwoeɛ mu.”

80Abɔfra no nyinii na honhom hyɛɛ no ma; ɔtenaa ɛserɛ so kɔsii ɛberɛ a ɔfirii nʼasɛnka adwuma ase.